Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) releases a list of the books most challenged in schools & libraries across the country. Challenged means that someone filed a complaint against the book because of the content, and usually asked that it be removed (or restricted) from the school curriculum or library shelves. Most often, these are books written for teens and children. This year a new book appeared on the list, the extremely popular Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. The reasons listed for the challenges include “Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group”. Lauren Myracle’s ttyl series was the most challenged book of 2009. Check out the Top 10 Challenged Books and the Top 100 Challenged Books (of the past decade) at the ALA website. You may be surprised by the other teen titles that have been challenged.

(Edited to add: It was the Twilight series, not just the first book.)

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